Huwag tayong maging bulag at bingi sa panawagan ng ating mga kababayang patuloy na nagdurusa sa evacuation centers, nahihintatakutan sa kanilang mga barangay at komunidad, dahil sa karahasang militar at walang habas na pambobomba bunga ng Martial Law.
Sa pag-apruba ng extension ng batas militar sa Mindanao, pinili ng Kongreso na maging bulag sa mahalagang aral ng kasaysayan na ito. Ang masahol pa, lumabas sa interpelasyon na wala naman talagang aktwal na rebelyon sa iba pang bahagi ng Mindanao. Malaki ang pagkakaiba ng threat of rebellion sa actual rebellion.
Wala pong batayan na ipinaliwanag ang mga resource persons ng Malacañan para sa extension ng martial law. Binanggit po kanina ng sponsor at ng kagalang-galang na Majority Leader na may Supreme Court decision na nag-uphold sa pagdedeklara ng martial law. Pero nais ko lamang po ilinaw na ang desisyon na iyon ay nag-aapply sa orihinal na deklarasyon ng martial law at iba na po ang sitwasyon ngayong pinag-uusapan na natin ang extension.
Sa kasong ito, ang piniling lunas ay naging mas masahol pa sakit na sinasabing kailangang lutasin. Hindi nasulusyunan ng martial law ang problemang dulot ng extremist groups sa Marawi, bagkus ay nagdulot lamang ito ng mas marami pang suliranin dala ng paghihigpit sa paggalaw ng mga mamamayan, maging sa pagbibigay ng batayang serbisyo. Ika nga, hinuhuli mo lang ang daga, sinunog mo na ang buong bahay.
The peace negotiations between the government (GPH) and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) resumed last year in an upbeat mood with both sides agreeing to fast track the process. A year later, the talks has lost its steam and is proving to be a difficult and protracted one with a probability of meeting the same fate as in previous negotiations. Even as both the GPH panel led by Silvestre Bello and the NDFP panel led by Fidel V. Agcaoili try to save the process through continuing back-channel talks the realities on the ground – such as military intransigence and President Duterte’s poor grasp of the peace process, on one hand, and the NPA holding its ground to resist AFP operations, on the other – far outweigh efforts to keep the talks going.
We, the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines, wish to enjoin your assistance and collaboration. We all cry from our hearts: War in Marawi, never again! War in Marawi, no more!
Since Duterte declared martial law throughout Mindanao on May 23, there have been reports of discrimination against Muslims. ID requirements for Muslims should be rejected outright.
We in Konsyensya Dabaw are disturbed by the series of messages from the President that promote militarism and put civilians at risk.
The first year of the Duterte administration has been a virtual tug-of-war between those pursuing genuine and thorough-going reforms and those defending the status quo. However, it seems that in Duterte’s first year, the Right–the militarists, the imperialists’ lackeys and the neoliberals– had pulled the rope farther to their side. Essentially, while the Duterte administration has initiated some pro-people programs and policies, yet, over-all it is the same mainly pro-imperialists, neoliberal, anti-poor and repressive policies pushed by the pro-US, militarists and neoliberals in the Duterte cabinet that are dominant.
Beyond the issue of lipstick donations, a critical inquiry on “for whom and for what” our efforts are would always be a sensible question for donors and volunteers. Are we extending support to alleviate the suffering of our fellow human beings, or do our efforts only reinforce the existing social order that oppresses the majority, including and especially women?